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Hi everyone. I've been snooping on these boards for a while and just joined b/c there is clearly a wealth of information here!!

I am one week post op from lapidus bunionectomy and hammertoe correction on my left foot. I am 43 and have 3 busy, active kids, the youngest is 5 years old, and I have been putting this off for 20 years!

So-surgery went well, massive amount of pain for first 48 hours which I was not expecting, I've had 3 c-sections, hysterectomy and other surgeries and have never had this much pain! Anyway, I'm full NWB for minimum of 8 weeks and although I knew this going into it I didn't realize how paralyzing it would be.

Now for my questions:

1) I've had zero swelling. Will this continue or should I expect it to start at some point?
2) my doctor said bed rest for 2 weeks post surgery, seems a bit impossible, it's been 8 days and I will have to get kids off to school, etc this week. How long didnyou actually have foot up all day/night?
3) how did you get around? I just got a knee scooter for first floor but need husband to put it together but am thinking I also need something for 2nd floor to get kids to bed, etc. Crutches are not cutting it, I can do it for a while but the problem is keeping my booted foot off the ground, it weighs a ton and I'm good shape! Would a walker work better? Wheels or no wheels on it?
4) how the heck do you shower/bathe? I finally took a bath but it literally took me hours to get ready, get in, get out, etc. Any suggestions??
5) anyone get depressed? I am very active and busy with 3 kids and this is affecting my while family and I'm a bit depressed about it all.
6) how long till you ventured out of the house? It seems incredibly daunting, knee walker will be tough to transport and crutches too hard!

I'm sure I will have a zillion more but that's it for now, thanks for answering, my friends and husband are sick to death of this already and it's only been a little over a week!!
Hi Hurtfoot,

I'm unsure that I'll write anything incredibly useful here because my surgery was minimal compared to yours. But I want to offer some support and validation; I was NWB on one foot for about a week and I definitely became depressed and stir-crazy! I had my mother here for the first 3 days and she kept me very busy. After she left, I was alone for about 10 hours per day as my husband could not take time off from work.

The stickys at the top of the board will give you some good ideas for staying occupied and getting around. Until today, I've been scooting up and down the stairs on my butt, making sure I keep my injured foot off the ground. Getting the crutches up and down with me made it a very slow process each time, so I tried to limit the journey to once per day. I have found that strategically placed chairs and stools allowed me to get stuff done (i.e., a dining room chair placed in front of the sink allowed me to get dishes done as I rested my foot on the chair). Taking a bath/shower does take forever, and I always made sure that my husband was in the house to get me in and out (only moderately humbling, lol).

The absolute life saver for me was having friends/family visit. They truly don't care that the dishes are piling up, that you haven't vacuumed in weeks, and that the toilet is dirty. Having human contact was the only thing that made me smile.

I will give you the same advice that I received, which is to be patient with yourself and allow yourself to heal. No, I did not receive this advice well when it was given to me, and it didn't always help when I was lonely and crying after 8 hours of bad TV! But, it is very good advice because you definitely don't want to be re-doing this surgery a few months or years from now. There is definitely a light at the end of the tunnel. I've been PWB for about 3 days now and finally getting out of the house WITH my surgical sandal, crutches, etc. When I had my other foot operated on 3 years ago, I went to Kohl's with my crutches, threw them in the store wheelchair, and rolled myself around for 2 hours just to get out of the house after 2 weeks. Yes, it is/was burdensome, but getting out of the house has been key to my mental wellbeing. Plus, I get the most comfy tables at restaurants. :)

Hang in there, and it should be well worth it in the end!
[QUOTE=Hurtfoot;4853112]Hi everyone. I've been snooping on these boards for a while and just joined b/c there is clearly a wealth of information here!!

I am one week post op from lapidus bunionectomy and hammertoe correction on my left foot. I am 43 and have 3 busy, active kids, the youngest is 5 years old, and I have been putting this off for 20 years!

So-surgery went well, massive amount of pain for first 48 hours which I was not expecting, I've had 3 c-sections, hysterectomy and other surgeries and have never had this much pain! Anyway, I'm full NWB for minimum of 8 weeks and although I knew this going into it I didn't realize how paralyzing it would be.

Now for my questions:

1) I've had zero swelling. Will this continue or should I expect it to start at some point?
2) my doctor said bed rest for 2 weeks post surgery, seems a bit impossible, it's been 8 days and I will have to get kids off to school, etc this week. How long didnyou actually have foot up all day/night?
3) how did you get around? I just got a knee scooter for first floor but need husband to put it together but am thinking I also need something for 2nd floor to get kids to bed, etc. Crutches are not cutting it, I can do it for a while but the problem is keeping my booted foot off the ground, it weighs a ton and I'm good shape! Would a walker work better? Wheels or no wheels on it?
4) how the heck do you shower/bathe? I finally took a bath but it literally took me hours to get ready, get in, get out, etc. Any suggestions??
5) anyone get depressed? I am very active and busy with 3 kids and this is affecting my while family and I'm a bit depressed about it all.
6) how long till you ventured out of the house? It seems incredibly daunting, knee walker will be tough to transport and crutches too hard!

I'm sure I will have a zillion more but that's it for now, thanks for answering, my friends and husband are sick to death of this already and it's only been a little over a week!![/QUOTE]

Hi There,

Well, I can certainly relate to all of your concerns and worries! So I will provide as much info as I can coming from my own experience. I am now post op Lapidus both feet, 8 wks, 3 days.

I too have had several surgeries, including 2 C-sections, hernia surgery, etc., and yes, this has been the most painful surgery for me as well!! I am 41 with two kids...my youngest being 5 as well. Pre-op, I was super active, going to the gym, taking care of the kids, house, etc.

I was fortunate to have my surgery the last month of summer so kids were home with me and hubby was very lucky to be granted 6 wks vacation to help me at home (thank goodness for that!!) :)


I had no swelling whatsoever either, until I started bearing weight on my foot, full weight. So expect to get some swelling once you get the ok to bear weight.

My surgeon allowed me to bear some weight on my heels several wks post op. Hubby rented a wheelchair, so I used that in the house and outside. I also used a walker and the kids pushed me around on it to go to the washroom etc.

I slept on the sofa for about a wk or so, then hubby started carrying me upstairs to the bedroom (I'm pretty small....lol, otherwise he wouldn't be able to carry me). Once I started feeling a bit better, 2nd wk or so, I would 'bum scoot' to the washroom in the middle of the night.

You could maybe find a neighbour or friend or family member to help out with the kids, etc.

With respect to showers and baths, I had sponge baths for 5 wks!! It was the only thing I could do. I didn't have casts, I had thick bandages that were cut off at almost 4 wks then I waited another wk or so for the incision to heal a bit more, then I had showers sitting down in the tub (nurse said not to soak feet), then at about 6 wks, I started having baths (so nice!! :) ).

Yes, I got depressed!! It's normal. I cried, I got uspset with the house 'falling apart' and not being as neat and organized as I normally have it. Hubby did his best...he tried his best to cook meals, do laundry, etc. But when you are a 'neat freak' it's hard to see the house in disarray.
I felt 'housebound' and I missed being my normal active self.

About 2 wks post op, hubby got me outside in the wheelchair for walks which was nice.
Once you are a bit more mobile, the walker is great too, because it provides balance and support, plus a little seat to sit down on.

Good luck with everything. Things will get better!!
Hi Hurtfoot

How are you getting on now? I am having surgery on both my bunions in 3 weeks and am getting nervous now! I also have children - 8 and 5 - well she will just be 6 when I have the surgery, plus a very active labrador. I have list upon list, am plannig christmas shopping and not entirely sure how I will cope!

The kids are organised for the remainder of the term with friends taking them to and from school and to clubs and things - pretty much have a spreadsheet of the arrangements!

No idea how I will get around with both feet bandaged but can;t wait to have pretty and pain free feet :)

Look forward to hearing how you are getting on





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